A ruin city with colossal monuments standing tall as evidence of a glorious past is considered to be the third capital of the first Kingdom of Sri Lanka, with evidence to prove of a very advance irrigation system and well planned and laid out city with purpose built building such as hospitals, resting halls, temples and palaces of which some buildings over 9 stories high are engineering achievements even with present day technology. Though the location has traces of prehistoric civilizations the monuments and structures of a proper city dating back to 10th century BC is believed to be founded by the 4th Century BC and has been the capital of the kingdom till the 11th century AD. The additions and constructions done over the years gave way to this magnificent city that evolved around the sacred “Bo” tree brought to the country during the 3rd century AD, a sapling of the very same tree where lord Buddha attained enlightenment still stands and is believed to be the oldest religiously worshiped tree in the world. The well preserved ruins of this ancient city is as impressive as any found in the world and for its archeological value was declared a world heritage site in 1982 by UNESCO.

Uniqueness of Sri Lanka

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